The two-day ‘Agri Expo – Kumari 2015’ attracted good crowds from different walks of life in Nagercoil.
The exhibition, the brainchild of Collector Sajjansingh R. Chavan, had 35 stalls put up by agriculture and allied departments.
Officials explained to visitors various schemes offered by the government for improving agricultural practices through video documents and demonstrations.
Speaking at the valedictory function on Saturday night, Mr. Chavan said the expo was organised for the first time in the district with a view to bringing modern and scientific methods of farming to the farmers. Demonstrations were organised by the officials on how to control bugs in seedlings and agriculture produce.
Information regarding allied sectors such as animal husbandry, fisheries and agriculture marketing were also provided by the departments concerned.
Progressive farmers who achieved record yield of agricultural produce were given certificates of merit and welfare assistance.
Mr. Chavan gave a total subsidy of Rs. 1.5 lakh through agriculture and horticulture departments to 15 Amma Pannai Mahalir Groups and Rs. 33,250 to four beneficiaries from Coconut Development Board.District Revenue Officer A. Udhayakumar, Joint Director of Agriculture Pon. Kaatha Perumal were also present.